ST. PETERSBURG — Admiral Farragut Academy built a big lead on the road then held on to beat crosstown rival Shorecrest 63-52 in a fast-paced boys basketball game Friday night.
From the outset, each side pushed the ball up quickly. However, the Blue Jackets (3-2) were the ones who found the bottom of the net most often, thanks in large part to quick, crisp passes and high-percentage shots. They were led early on by Alvin Cunningham, who attacked the right side of the basket from close range and had 10 of the team's first 20 points.
The Chargers (4-3) were a bit sloppy at the outset and turned the ball over frequently as the Blue Jackets built an 18-7 lead after one period.
Although Shorecrest improved its play in the second period, it couldn't keep pace with Admiral Farragut, which held a comfortable 42-22 advantage at halftime.
But led by junior Luke Blume, the Chargers continued their aggressive play and outscored the Blue Jackets 18-9 in the third period to cut the deficit to 11.
Then, early in the fourth period, a layup by junior Elias Chaconas brought Shorecrest to within nine.
But that was as close as the Chargers got. Both teams went cold for a good stretch of the fourth period. As the clock became a factor, Shorecrest was forced to foul Admiral Farragut players. The Blue Jackets, who went just 16-for-31 from the line, did hit enough to maintain their lead.
Cunningham led all scorers with 20, while Chaconas and Blume shared the high total for the Chargers with 14.